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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When does the notification for the exam come out?

Ans: It comes out usually during the first week of December/January every year. The notification is published in Employment News and RozgarSamachar.

Q.  What is the exam scheme?

Ans: It is a three-stage exam, with only successful candidates eligible to apply in subsequent stages. The first stage is the Preliminary Exam, open for all applicants. Upon clearing this the successful candidate has to apply again to sit for the Main Exam. Successful candidates at this stage are called for the Personality Test or Interview. Those passing the Personality Test are the ultimate successful candidates.

Q.  What optionals should be more suitable optionals for me?

Ans: It is a highly sensitive issue, and the most crucial too, because choice of optionals goes a long way in deciding your prospects. We have discussed in full details just go through it.

Q. I am an engineering graduate. From scoring point of view you suggest the suitable optional for my preparation.

Ans: There is an increasing trend that engineering graduates are shifting towards humanities. They preferably take one of the optionals as the science and the other from humanities. As far as popular trend is concerned large number of engineering students find it comfortable to opt either geography or public administration. Both these optionals are having small seep in time and can be comfortably picked up in a short span of time.

Q. What is the restriction on number of attempts in Civil services Examinations?

Ans: General-4, OBC-7, SC/ST- No restriction

Q.  Is there any relaxation in number of attempts for physically handicapped?

Ans: Yes, physically handicapped candidates belonging to the general category shall be eligible for 7 attempts

Q. Can a candidate who has completed his education from an open school/ University apply for Commissions Examination?

Ans: Yes, provided it is a recognized University and he possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam and is otherwise eligible.

Q. Can a candidate who has completed his education from Foreign University for example Cambridge, Oxford etc.apply for Commissions Examination
Ans:
No, there the degree must be approved with the UGC or the any other govt. organization that is mentioned in the notification.

Q. Is a candidate who has done his graduation without passing the class Xth and class XIIth eligible for civil services examination?

Ans: Yes

Q. Whether a candidate belonging to a community included in the OBC list of states but not in the Central list of OBCs is eligible for age relaxation, reservation etc. for Commission’s Examinations?

Ans: No. Only candidates belonging to communities which are included in the Central list of OBCs are eligible for such concessions.

Q. If a candidate has applied for the CS (P) Examination but has not appeared at any paper in the CS (P) Examination will it be counted as an attempt?
Ans:
No. An attempt is counted only if a candidate has appeared in at least one paper in CS (P) Examination.

Q. Can a candidate write different papers of Civil Service (Main) Examination in different languages?

Ans: No, Candidates have the option to write their answers either in English or in any one of the Eighth schedule languages.

Q.  Can a candidate write the Civil Service (Main) Examination in English and take the interview in Hindi or any other Indian language?

Ans: If a candidate opts an Eighth schedule language for the CS (Main) Examination he will have the option to take the interview in same language or in English.

Q.  How one should start preparing for civil services examination?

Ans: The best way to start for this examination is by knowing the nature of examination. After having decided for the optionals one should develop a keen interest in looking at the past years questions to get an idea as to what one should be preparing for. One should also get a proper guidance for the channelization of its time, energy and resources. Planning is very crucial. One must plan and work the plan in a disciplined manner. There should be time frame and small targets fixed to work in this direction.

Q.  What is the minimum age at which aspirants should start preparing for the civil Services Examination?

Ans: The preparation for IAS exam should start in a focused manner at 20 – 21 years of age. This is the time student is able to focus on the goal properly and is in a position to peak at the right time. Starting too early (immediately after school or early graduation) has the likelihood of aspirant tiring during the course of preparation or loosing focus mid way whereas starting too late has disadvantage in terms of competitive edge of early start. Preferably the preparation should start in a focused manner around 20 years of age. This is the time student is able to focus the goal properly and is in a position to peak at the right time. Starting too early has a likelihood of tiring at the right time or starting very late will disadvantage in terms of competitive edge of early start.
 

Q. What is the summary of civil service calendar?

 

S. No.                                   

Name of Examination                                         

Opening & Closing Date of Application                              Date of Commencement of Exam                                                                 Duration of Exam                                                     

1

Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2020
 

- 8th January 2021
(FRIDAY)
 
5 DAYS
 (8,9,10,16,17 January, 2021)
 

2

C.D.S. Examination (II), 2020
 
5th August 2020 to 25th August 2020 8th November 2020
(SUNDAY)
 
1 DAY
3 Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2020 - 28th February 2021
(SUNDAY)
 

 

10 DAYS
(Exam to commence on 28th Feb 2021 and will continue for 10 days till 9th Feb 2021)

4

Combined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Examination,
2021 

7th to 27th October 2020 21st Feb 2021 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
5

C.D.S. Examination (I), 2021

28th Oct to 17th Nov 2020 7th Feb 2021 1 DAY
6

Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

- 21st Feb 2021 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
7 Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination -

7th March 2021
(SUNDAY)

1 DAY
8

CISF AC(EXE) LDCE-2021

2nd to 22nd Dec 2020 14th March 2021 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
9

N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (I), 2021

30th Dec to 19th Jan 2021 18th April 2021 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY

10

Reserved for UPSC RT for the posts of EO/AO in the EPFO
 

  9th May 2021
(SUNDAY)
 
1 DAY

11

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021
 

4th to 27th March 2021

27th June 2021 (SUNDAY)

1 DAY

12

Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2021 through CS(P) Examination 2021
 

4th to 27th March 2021

27th June 2021 (SUNDAY)

1 DAY
 
13

Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

  4th July 2021 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
14 I.E.S./I.S.S. Examination, 2021 7th to 27th April 2021 16th July 2021 (FRIDAY) 3 DAYS
15 Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination, 2021 - 17th July 2021 (SATURDAY) 2 DAYS
16 Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021 7th to 27th April 2021 18th July 2021 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
17 Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2021 15th April to 5th May 2021 8th August 2021 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY

18

Combined Medical Services Examination, 2021

5th to 25th May 2021 29th August 2021 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
19 Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination - 29th August 2021 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
20 N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (II), 2021 9th to 29th June 2021 5th September 2021 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
21 Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination - 12th September 2021 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
22 Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2021 - 17th September 2021 (FRIDAY) 5 DAYS
23 Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2021 - 10th Oct 2021 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
24 C.D.S. Examination (II), 2021 4th to 24th August 2021 14th November 2021 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY

25

Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2021

- 21st November 2021 (SUNDAY) 10 DAYS
26 S.O./Steno (GD-B/GD-I) LDCE

15th September to 5th Oct 2021

11th December 2021 (SATURDAY) 2 DAYS